Volunteer with LIFT: Empower Families to Access Justice

LIFT invites volunteers of all ages and disciplines to help us promote access to justice for children and families. We are deeply grateful to our current and past volunteers for contributing to the success and sustainability of our programs. LIFT’s volunteers have a wide range of educational, professional, and personal experiences, but they share a common vision: to improve the experiences of New Yorkers involved in the complex court system.

Legal Volunteer Opportunities

Family Law Information Telephone and Email Hotlines: As a volunteer on LIFT's Family Law Hotlines, you will receive training in a particular area of family law to develop an expertise and be able to answer questions on that topic. Ideal candidates for this opportunity are law students, recent law school or college graduates, and retired lawyers.

Where: LIFT’s Central Office, 32 Court Street in Brooklyn, or answer Email Hotline questions from your home or office. 
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Minimum Time Commitment: 2 hours per week. We ask law students to volunteer for a complete semester.

NYC Family Courts: Work side-by-side with LIFT staff at our Family Court-based Sites to hand out our Legal Resource Guides, answer questions and address concerns regarding Court procedure or family law matters. Ideal candidates for this opportunity are law students, recent law school or college graduates, and retired lawyers.

Where: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island Family Courthouses
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 5:00pm 
Minimum Time Commitment: 4 hours per week. We ask law students to volunteer for a complete semester.

 

Development & Communications Volunteer Opportunities

Document Translation: Help non-English speakers navigate the court system by translating LIFT’s Legal Resource Guides into languages other than English.

Skills Required: Fluency in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Urdu, or Yiddish. 
Where: Flexible 
Hours: Flexible
Minimum Time Commitment: 1 hour per week

Development and Communications: Support the team responsible for all fundraising initiatives, including event planning, applications for foundation and government grants, marketing and communications materials, and social media.

Skills Required: Outstanding computer skills (Internet and Microsoft programs, knowledge of Salesforce, Dreamweaver, and/or Photoshop a plus), attention to detail, and excellent research and administrative skills. 
Where: LIFT's Central Office
Hours: Flexible
Minimum Time Commitment: 4 hour per week

Extensive training is provided to all LIFT volunteers

For more information or to apply for a position, please send a resume and letter of interest to volunteer@LIFTonline.org.